About Fibromyalgia

Marie Hayden

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What is Fibromyalgia?

The severity of fibromyalgia symptoms varies from person to person and often symptoms disappear and then return. Fibromyalgia is characterized by long term and widespread pain in muscles and connective tissues without any specific cause. Research has shown that fibromyalgia may actually amplify pain by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. 

In addition to pain, common fibromyalgia symptoms include:

• Fatigue

• Headaches

• Memory issues

• Sleep disorders

• Cramping in the lower abdomen

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Brain fog

Does Diet Contribute to Fibromyalgia?

According to a recent dietary survey of 101 fibromyalgia patients published in Rheumatology International, about 7% had food allergies or intolerances and 30% had made changes in their diet to help their condition.

While there is no specific diet recommended for fibromyalgia treatment, says Rainia Batayneh, MPH, a nutritionist in San Francisco, poor food choices can indirectly affect fibromyalgia.

Recommendations to Help Heal Fibromyalgia

Foods To Avoid Or Eliminate

• Aspartame

• Caffeine

• Sugar

• MSG

• Dairy

• Gluten

Foods To Include

• Salmon

• Walnuts

• Flaxseeds

• Lots of veggies

These foods are high in Omega 3 fatty-acids known to reduce inflammation, chronic pain and help prevent cardiovascular diseases.   A 2007 study found that after just 3 months of supplementing omega-3 fatty acids, symptoms such as morning stiffness and painful tender joints decreased.

Supplements To Take

• B12

• C

• D

• Folic Acid

• Magnesium

Reduce Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress may be a cause of Fibromyalgia symptoms. Oxidative stress occurs when the body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unbalanced molecules naturally produced in the body when oxygen is used up. They cause cell damage to your body when in excess amounts. Most fruits and veggies are packed with important antioxidants like vitamin A, C, & E.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can mimic some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.  All patients should be screened for deficiency.  Studies show that vitamin D deficiencies can cause bone and muscle pain, and upping levels of this hard to get vitamin may help. A 2008 study found that pain patients with low levels of vitamin D required almost double the dose of painkillers as those with adequate levels. It is recommended to take a supplement, especially during the winter.

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Health Disclaimer

This website (www.mariehayden.com) contains the opinions and ideas of Marie Hayden and is designed to provide useful information in regard to the subject matter covered. This website is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Marie Hayden disclaims any responsibility for any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents on this website.

Intermittent Fasting Disclaimer

People with advanced diabetes or who are on medications for diabetes, people with a history of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not attempt intermittent fasting unless under the close supervision of a licensed physician.

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